Friday, May 1, 2015

Extra Stuff from April 2015 NCC-Mac Meeting

First off, here is a link to view the slideshow of the April 2015 NCC-Mac meeting.

Second, I promised some scripts you can use with the new Photos.app.

These scripts go a few levels down in your local Library folder. In Finder go to your Home directory (the one with the little house icon). If you see a folder called Library, fine. If not, go to the View menu and select Show View Options. Check the Show Library Folder checkbox.

Download Photos.zip from my Dropbox. Double-click to unzip the Photos folder. Put that folder on your Desktop for now.

Now go back to your Home directory. Double-click Library folder. Double-click Scripts folder.

If you see an Applications folder in Scripts, fine. If not, go to the File menu and select New Folder. Name that new folder Applications. Double-click Applications folder.

Drag the Photos folder from your Desktop into your Finder window (Applications).

Double-click Photos folder. Double-click Photos Buddy.worlflow. (Photos may launch.) Photos Buddy.workflow will open in Automator. While Holding down the Option key, select Save As… from the File menu. At the bottom of the Save dialog, in the File Format popup menu, choose Application. Save Photos Buddy.app to your /Applications folder. Later you can drag it to your Dock. Quit Automator.

Whew! This is getting pretty complicated!

Back in your ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Photos folder, Double-click Copy ALL Filenames to Titles.scpt. It will open in Script Editor. From the Script Editor menu, select Preferences…. Under General, make sure that Show Script menu in menu bar is checked. Quit Script Editor.

Copy ALL Filenames to Titles does what its name implies in the currently open Photos Library.

Photos Buddy lets you select which Photos Library to open. (If you have only one Photos Library, Photos Buddy has no useful function that I can imagine.)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Outline of April 2015 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
iOS 8.3
This release includes improved performance, bug fixes, and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:

Improved performance for:

    •    App launch
    •    App responsiveness
    •    Messages
    •    Wi-Fi
    •    Control Center
    •    Safari tabs
    •    3rd-party keyboards
    •    Keyboard shortcuts
    •    Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

    •    Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
    •    Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
    •    Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
    •    Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes

    •    Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape
    •    Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
    •    Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket
    •    Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Messages fixes

    •    Address issues that caused group messages to sometimes split
    •    Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages
    •    Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages
    •    Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
    •    Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes

    •    Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices
    •    Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps
    •    Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes

    •    Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen
    •    Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated
    •    Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn't

Enterprise fixes

    •    Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
    •    Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
    •    Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
    •    Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
    •    Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
    •    Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
    •    Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
    •    Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-FI network
    •    Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes

    •    Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
    •    Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
    •    Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages
    •    Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off
    •    Fixes issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled
    •    Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes

    •    Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters
    •    iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of bet
    •    Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps
    •    Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays
    •    Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on
    •    Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard
    •    Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
    •    Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)
    •    Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)
    •    Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
    •    Address an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices
    •    Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen
    •    Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
    •    Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data
    •    Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting "FYI"
    •    Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply
    •    Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode
    •    Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs
    •    Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows
    •    Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes
    •    Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks
    •    Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen
    •    Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume
    •    Fixes an issues that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

Post Date: Apr 8, 2015

System Requirements
iPhone 4s or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th gen)
Available via OTA and iTunes
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3
The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update includes the new Photos app and improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

With Photos you can:

Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views
Navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution
Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iCloud.com with any web browser
Perfect your photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmaking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
Purchase prints in new square and panoramic sizes
It’s easy to upgrade your iPhoto library to Photos - just launch the app to get started. To learn more about Photos, please visit: http://www.apple.com/osx/photos/

This update also includes the following improvements:

Adds over 300 new Emoji characters
Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look up
Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing
Improves stability and security in Safari
Improves WiFi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios
Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments
Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect
Improves screen sharing reliability
For more detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT204490.

Security Content

For detailed information about the security content of this update, see Apple security updates.
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Apr 8, 2015

File Size: 2 GB

System Requirements
OS X Yosemite 10.10
Security Update 2015-004 Mavericks
Security Update 2015-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Apr 8, 2015

File Size: 117 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Mavericks 10.9
Security Update 2015-004 Mountain Lion
Security Update 2015-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Apr 8, 2015

File Size: 184.2 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update

The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video.

Post Date: Apr 16, 2015

File Size: 1.8 MB

System Requirements
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 14D131
FujiXerox Printer Drivers v3.1 for OS X
This download includes the latest Fuji-Xerox printing and scanning software for OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion. 

For more information about printing and scanning software, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#fuji-xerox.

Post Date: Apr 16, 2015

File Size: 52.8 MB

System Requirements
OS X Yosemite
OS X Mavericks
OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Lion
Apple Events Server Update OS X Snow Leopard
Fixes an issue where remote Apple Events were disabled by Security Update 2015-002.

Post Date: Apr 22, 2015

File Size: 822 KB

System Requirements
OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8
Apple Events Server Update OS X Lion
Fixes an issue where remote Apple Events were disabled by Security Update 2015-002.

Post Date: Apr 22, 2015

File Size: 874 KB

System Requirements
OS X Lion 10.7.5
iMac Graphics Update
This update fixes an issue that may cause iMac computers to become unresponsive when viewing certain very large JPEG images.

Affected models:
    •    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
    •    iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
    •    iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT204779

Post Date: Apr 23, 2015

File Size: 722 KB

System Requirements
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D131+)
Xcode
Mac OS
Apr 21 '15 Version 6.3.1
Apr 08 '15 Version 6.3

What's new

Xcode 6.3.1 improves stability and fixes critical issues in playgrounds, debugging, and Interface Builder

Xcode 6.3 includes Swift 1.2 and SDKs for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.3

New in Swift 1.2:

• Incremental builds dramatically improve the compile time of Swift projects
• Swift compiler produces even faster executables for both debug and release builds
• Language refinements to 'let' and 'as' make Swift more consistent and clear
• Standard library adds powerful features including the 'Set' data type and 'flatMap' operation
• Code converter and Fix-its help you migrate to Swift 1.2

Additional features in Xcode 6.3:

• Playgrounds are more attractive and readable with rich text formatting and results displayed in-line
• Playgrounds can embed additional code and resources to improve performance and simplify sharing
• Updated OS X SDK includes support for the new Force Touch trackpad
• Crashes organizer makes it easy to triage and fix crashes for App Store and TestFlight apps
• Apple LLVM compiler 6.1 improves diagnostic messages and adds support for C++'14
Pages
Mac OS
Apr 21 '15 Version 5.5.3

What's new

This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Pages
iOS Universal
Apr 21 '15 Version 2.5.3

What's new

This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Numbers
Mac OS
Apr 21 '15 Version 3.5.3

What's new

This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Numbers
iOS Universal
Apr 21 '15 Version 2.5.3

What's new

This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Keynote
Mac OS
Apr 21 '15 Version 6.5.3

What's new

This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Keynote
iOS Universal
Apr 21 '15 Version 2.5.3

What's new

This update adds support for the Keynote Remote Apple Watch app and includes stability improvements and bug fixes.
iMovie
Mac OS
Apr 23 '15 Version 10.0.8

What's new

• Resolves an issue that could cause iMovie to quit on launch
• Updates compatibility with sharing to YouTube 

Introduced in Version 10.0.7
• Adds support for Force Touch trackpad
• Browse Moments, Collections, Favorites and Albums from the Photos app to add content to your projects
• Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Full Screen buttons are always displayed below the Viewer for easier navigation
• Record Voiceover button available below the Viewer for easier access to controls when adding narration
• Adds support for the Sony XAVC-S format
• Addresses stability and compatibility issues 

Requires OS X 10.10.2 or later
iMovie
iOS Universal
Apr 30 '15 Version 2.1.2

What's new

• Addresses issue in which portrait photos may be cropped incorrectly when added to a project
• Updates compatibility with sharing to YouTube
The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 28, 2015, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Disabling the Caps Lock Key
From iPhoto to Photos

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, April 26, 2015

NCC-Mac April 2015 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, April 30, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
This month's topic is "From iPhoto to Photos."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Slideshow of March 2015 NCC-Mac Meeting

Since we had a few members who could not attend the March meeting, here is a link to the slideshow.

Outline of March 2015 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.03
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

       • Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
       • Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
       • Leica X (Typ 113)
       • Leica X Vario (Typ 107)
       • Nikon D5500
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 / DMC-FZ72
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 / DMC-TZ60 / DMC-TZ61
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50 / DMC-TZ70 / DMC-TZ71
       • Pentax 645Z
       • Pentax K-S1
       • Sony Alpha ILCE-7M2

For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6476.

Post Date: Mar 5, 2015
File Size: 7.6MB
System Requirements
OS X 10.10 w/ iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6
iOS 8.2
This release introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability and bug fixes.

Apple Watch support
    •    New Apple Watch app to pair and sync with iPhone, and to customize watch settings
    •    New Activity app for viewing fitness data and achievements from Apple Watch; appears when Apple Watch is paired
    •    Available on iPhone 5 and later

Health app improvements
    •    Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for distance, body temperature, height, weight and blood glucose
    •    Improves stability when dealing with large amounts of data
    •    Includes the ability to add and visualize workout sessions from 3rd-party apps
    •    Addresses an issue that may have prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
    •    Fixes units for vitamins and minerals
    •    Fixes an issue where Health data wouldn’t refresh after changing data source order
    •    Fixes an issue where some graphs showed no data values
    •    Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance and flights climbed

Stability enhancements
    •    Increases stability of Mail
    •    Improves stability of Flyover in Maps
    •    Improves stability of Music
    •    Improves VoiceOver reliability
    •    Improves connectivity with Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Bug fixes
    •    Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
    •    Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn't autocorrected
    •    Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing
    •    Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app
    •    Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on device
    •    Resolves an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free
    •    Fixes a Bluetooth calling issue where no audio is heard until the call is answered
    •    Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
    •    Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom recurring meeting to drop from an Exchange calendar
    •    Fixes a certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway
    •    Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten
    •    Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as 'Busy' after accepting an invite

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:  

Post Date: Mar 9, 2015
System Requirements
iPhone 4s or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th gen)
Security Update 2015-002 Mountain Lion
Security Update 2015-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Mar 9, 2015
File Size: 177.3 MB
System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
Security Update 2015-002 Mavericks
Security Update 2015-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Mar 9, 2015
File Size: 62.3 MB
System Requirements
OS X Mavericks 10.9
Security Update 2015-002 Yosemite
Security Update 2015-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Mar 9, 2015
File Size: 5.4 MB
System Requirements
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2
Security Update 2015-002 Yosemite (Early 2015 Mac)
Security Update 2015-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Mar 9, 2015
File Size: 5 MB
System Requirements
OS X Yosemite (Early 2015 Mac)
iMovie
Mac OS
Mar 09 '15 Version 10.0.7

What's new
• Browse Moments, Collections, Favorites and Albums from the Photos app to add content to your projects
• Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Full Screen buttons are always displayed below the Viewer for easier navigation  
• Record Voiceover button available below the Viewer for easier access to controls when adding narration
• Adds support for the Sony XAVC-S format
• Addresses stability and compatibility issues
Xcode
Mac OS
Mar 09 '15 Version 6.2

What's new
Includes SDKs for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.2
• Adds support for iOS 8.2 and WatchKit to create apps for Apple Watch.
Safari 6.2.4, Safari 7.1.4, and Safari 8.0.4
Available for: OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10.2
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.
Security Update 2015-003 Yosemite
Security Update 2015-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Mar 19, 2015
File Size: 5.5 MB
System Requirements
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2
Security Update 2015-003 Yosemite (Early 2015 Mac)
Security Update 2015-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Mar 19, 2015
File Size: 5 MB
System Requirements
OS X Yosemite (Early 2015 Mac)
iPhoto
Mac OS
Mar 19 '15 Version 9.6.1

What's new
• Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring)
• Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album
• Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image
The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Apple’s “Spring Forward” Event, March 2015

Q&A, General Discussion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Learning iOS 8

I received a call from a member who was having a challenging time getting into the workings of iOS 8. I was going to send these two links to just that one person, but it occurred to me that this information might be useful to a larger audience. Try These: